<em>Hippopotamus Tusk with Carved Head</em>, ca. 3800-3400 B.C.E. Hippopotamus ivory, 8 5/8 × 1 5/16 in. (21.9 × 3.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1266. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1266_erg3.jpg)

Hippopotamus Tusk with Carved Head

Medium: Hippopotamus ivory

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 3800-3400 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 8 5/8 × 1 5/16 in. (21.9 × 3.3 cm)


Museum Location: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 35.1266

Image: CUR.35.1266_erg3.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Ivory tusk, lower part of cylindrical form, tapering at top to point, carved into head of bearded man surmounted by headdress, pierced for suspension. Ears in relief with details indicated only by incised cross. Large eyes, wide nose. Lip around base of object. Object is hollow to approximately half of total height. Condition: Chip on base, several longitudinal cracks. Back of object is checking, with some flaking. Split through face. General condition sound.

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